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Cori Creed, "Arbutus Grove," 2013, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
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Cori Creed, "Fair Winds," 2013, oil on canvas, 48” x 72”.
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Cori Creed, "Island Pine," 2013, oil on canvas, 36” x 72”.
CORI CREED: A Sense of Place
June 6 to June 22, 2013
Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
By Beverly Cramp
For more than two decades, Vancouver artist Cori Creed has explored the surface and colour of paint on canvas. Her large oil paintings of great tangles of forests, fields and skies, show her passion for the outdoors. “Being in the wilderness is my home and, physically, it feels good to me to be in these places,” she says. Creed occasionally makes a foray out of landscapes and into portraiture. Her upcoming show at the Bau-Xi is one of those times. Her choice of subject came when her sense of being at home in the outdoors drew her to consider those described as homeless. “I was thinking about the idea of home and people who don’t have a conventional home,” she says. “Yet they still have a place and what can be called a sense of belonging.” Creed , who studied art at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., hopes to expand attitudes. “Often, the homeless are thought about in regards to their current condition on the streets and not their hopes and dreams.” Her show features four such portraits in addition to some 15 landscapes. “The portraits combine my impression of the individual with the things and places that make them feel most at home and most comfortable,” she says.